By  on February 8, 2017

BANGKOK — Myanmar has an apparel sector rife with human rights and labor violations that need to be addressed urgently as it rapidly grows more popular among major international brands, according to a report from the Netherlands-based Centre for Research on Multinational Companies.

Since the country opened up in 2011, its garment industry has undergone significant growth, with exports hitting $1.46 billion in 2015. The union movement — previously nonexistent when the country was ruled by a junta — is still nascent, while the government has enacted a minimum wage of $2.64 a day to address the concerns of an ever-expanding population of factory workers. Today, more than 350,000 workers work in Myanmar’s factories, but the manufacturers association estimates that the workforce will grow up to 1.5 million people by 2024.

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